Category: Geology

Home Grown Crystal Experiment

Learn how to grow your own crystals at home with this fun hands-on experiment! There are many different kinds of crystals you can grow, and here I will show you how to grow blue copper sulfate crystals.

The recipe for this experiment comes from Graham’s How-to Guides. If you want to check out how to grow other kinds of crystals, check out this page here.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

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Fault Models

Earthquakes have disastrous effects and they impact people all over the world, but what causes them? Learn how to create a paper model that demonstrates the different kinds of faults that cause earthquakes.

This model comes from USGS’s Earth Science Week and they created a very detailed guide that you can use in your own classroom.

Grades: 6-8

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Interactive Plate Tectonics

Explore the dynamics of plate tectonics with this engaging interactive map and give your students the opportunity to work with data and mapping. This digital map created by Earth Science Geoinquiries provides a great resource that visualizes plate boundaries around the world and the geological impact of those boundaries.

Grades: 4-8, 9-12

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Homemade Seismometer

Show your students how scientists collect earthquake data and give them the opportunity to collect their own scientific data! This old-school video by PBS Learning Media shows you how to make your own homemade seismometer that demonstrates the concept behind the scientific instrument and how it collects earthquake data.

In this article you’ll learn the steps to build a homemade seismometer with your students.

Grades: 6-8

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Cookie Mining

Demonstrate the process of mining coal with this fun and edible game for your students!  This fun activity can connect concepts of natural resource management, earth sciences, and environmental science and explore the ways that humans extract natural resources.

In this activity, students will use different brands of cookies to simulate the processes of managing natural resources and “extract” chocolate chips for profit.

Grades: 6-8

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